Tag:Chad Ochocinco
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:03 pm

Hot Routes 5.18.11: Reaching the summit

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • According to the Believe in Heroes web site, Titans coach Jeff Fisher and the rest of his traveling party have reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Which is pretty awesome.
  • Former Washington Post columnist Tony Kornheiser and Colts owner Jim Irsay are in a bit of tiff.
  • Now, everybody in the Raiders organization becomes a salesman/saleswoman. And that means you, new defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan. (“So, how many season tickets can I put you down for, lady?”)
  • If you buy Jaguars season tickets, the franchise is willing to reward you for your faith. By giving you “Teal Deals” books with more than $3,000 worth of gift certificates for local businesses.

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Posted on: May 14, 2011 9:39 pm
Edited on: May 14, 2011 11:46 pm

Ochocinco thrown from bull in 1.5 seconds

Posted by Will Brinson

NFL receiver Chad Ochocinco backed up his promise to ride a 1,500-pound bull on the Professional Bull Riders circuit Saturday night, earning $10,000 for making it out of the chute atop Deja Blu.

Ocho "only" lasted 1.5 seconds though. Actually, 1.5 seconds on a real, live bull is pretty good. But don't expect to see Ocho hopping back in the saddle.

"One and done," he said.

Ochocinco acknowledged that the Bengals probably weren't pleased that he was risking a career-threatening injury.

"I'm sure my coach was probably (upset)," Ochocinco said. "I mean, I would be, too. I'm sure the NFL is (upset), but I don't follow their rules anyway."

Ty Murray, a former world champion rider and a PBR director, coached Ochocinco the last two days at the Gwinnett Arena in hopes of preparing him for the powerful force of a bucking bull.

Murray compared the experience to a first-time skier attempting to navigate a run from the top of the French Alps.

"We practiced several crash scenarios today," Murray said. "He's a phenomenal athlete, he's very easy to teach because he's so athletic and aware of his body. But what he did was monumental and to try and ride a bull for 8 seconds with his lack of experience is impossible."

The decision to ride the bull was the latest publicity stunt in Ocho's offseason but he discounted it being any more dangerous than anything else he does in the workplace.

"No, every down is a risk to my career," he said. "Every time I wake up in the morning there's a risk to life in general. You never know what's going to happen. One of the things about me is I'm extremely interesting, I'm unpredictable and I am willing to do anything."

Ain't that the truth.

Photos below courtesy of the fine folks at Bull Stock Media.

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Posted on: May 12, 2011 10:17 pm

Benson: Wouldn't be healthy for Palmer to return

BensonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

You’ve got to love Bengals RB Cedric Benson – if not for his play, which has been more than solid since he moved to Cincinnati, then for his honesty. He had no problem ripping commissioner Roger Goodell, even before it was en vogue to do so, and though he’s extremely low key and talks softly when giving interviews, it’s only a front for the intensity of his words.

So, when Benson talks, it usually pays to listen, and when he’s talking about “will he return to Cincinnati or will he retire” Carson Palmer, he makes an interesting point.

“It wouldn’t be healthy for the team to bring him back,” Benson told SiriusXM NFL Radio, via Pro Football Talk. “To bring him back would be detrimental to the team. If he’s there [and] not happy he’s not gonna give us his best.”

I’m not sure I agree with that last sentence, because Palmer is nothing if not professional. Let’s face it, there’s little chance Palmer has been happy in Cincinnati the past few years, but he never said anything negative about the organization (though you could tell, at times, that he really, really wanted to spill it).

But Benson also is probably right that it wouldn’t be healthy for Palmer to return. As for Chad Ochocinco?

“For this team to be a winner, management needs to make changes,” Benson said.

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Posted on: May 11, 2011 3:37 pm

Hot Routes 5.11.11: Anybody up for bull riding?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Just what we need: another reality show featuring an NFL player doing, I don’t know, every-day stuff that none of us should actually care about. Jets CB Darrelle Revis – coming off his well-regarded Hard Knocks performances – wants to make it happen.
  • Although Houston’s Brian Cushing will be moved to inside linebacker in Wade Phillips’ new 3-4 scheme, Phillips said Cushing will spend plenty of time rushing the quarterback. Which is good for the Texans, because he’s pretty good at that.
  • Apparently, 19 percent of people surveyed said they would be less likely to watch the NFL if the season is delayed. That doesn’t seem like a huge percentage, but still, that would be a ton of people who would abandon the bandwagon. That’s if you believe them, of course.

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Posted on: May 8, 2011 2:31 pm

AFC North draft truths revealed

Posted by Andy Benoit

One of the best things about the draft is that from it we can find out what teams really think about their current players. Excluding examples of teams filling obvious needs, here are some of the more revealing draft picks from 2011, with a quick blurb of what the team was really saying by making this pick.

Baltimore Ravens

2nd round, Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
We’re not sure we want to re-sign T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and we need a downfield playmaker anyway. Plus, Derrick Mason can’t play forever…right?

3rd round, Jah Reid, OT, UCFA. Dalton (US Presswire)
Jared Gaither is far too flaky to bank on, and we prefer to play Marshall Yanda at guard.

4th round, Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana
We’re aware of the Torrey Smith-Darrius Heyward-Bey comparisons.

Cincinnati Bengals

1st round, A.J Green, WR, Georgia
We’re as sick of Chad Ochocinco as everyone else.

2nd round, Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
We’re not going to give an inch with Carson Palmer. Problem is, we don’t think he’ll give an inch with us either.

3rd round, Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada
We’re not sure Michael Johnson has the ability or drive to be a stud starting linebacker. And we might be starting to realize the same thing about Keith Rivers.

Cleveland Browns

1st round, Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
We need defensive linemen in the worst of ways. Taylor is perfect because he’s Shaun Rogers without being Shaun Rogers.

2nd round, Greg Little, WR, North Carolina
Why spend a first-round pick on Julio Jones when you can get a handful of extra picks and a player who, talent-wise, is not all that far off from Jones? All it takes is a little maneuvering and a slight willingness to overlook character concerns.

Pittsburgh Steelers

2nd round, Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida
At some point offensive line coach Sean Kugler won’t have the patience of Job and will start pounding his fists on the table.

3rd round, Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
Yeah, yeah, we know about Green Bay’s spread formations in the Super Bowl. But a third-round pick isn’t going to do the trick. That’s why we’re praying we can re-sign Ike Taylor.

Check back throughout the week for other division’s Draft Truths Revealed. To see all Draft Truths Revealed, click the “Draft Truths” tag.

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Posted on: May 5, 2011 6:37 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2011 6:40 pm

Ochocinco to ride bulls amid lockout

Posted by Will Brinson

Not much is entertaining about the lockout, but give Chad Ochocinco credit: his excursions into other jobs are pretty interesting. First, he was a "professional" soccer player with the local Kansas City MLS squad, Sporting KC.

Now, Ocho will be joining the PBR on tour. Yes, the Professional Bull Riders. At least that's according to OCNN News.

"#OCNNBreakingNews Due 2 the lockout I'll be participating n the PBR as a professional bull rider n Duluth,GA. May13th-14th Lil Taco #winning," Ochocinco tweeted on Thursday afternoon.

I tried to navigate the PBR website and dig up a press release about this, but I just ended up getting really thirsty.
El Ocho and the Bengals

Instead, I'm going to assume that Ocho will be handling this similarly to his soccer escapade.

Meaning, he'll be out there riding a bull and he'll be a part of the tour and the event, but he won't actually end up in any sort of dangerous position that could compromise his future as a football player.

After all, Ocho might have plenty of money and he might not be playing in Cincinnati next year, but surely he'll be playing somewhere -- provided he doesn't end up getting gored in May or anything.

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Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:13 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:58 am

Ochocinco tweets he's gone from Cincinnati

Ochocinco Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco talks so much trash on Twitter – and in real life! –  that it’s hard to figure out* what he’s joking about, what he’s serious about, and what he’s serious about but soon will be joking about.

*And sometimes, he’s just moody and doesn’t want to say anything at all.

That leads us to a couple tweets he tapped out today:

No. 1) I love Cincy,but coach Lewis is mean to me now so I think I am gone :(RT @philpoling: @ochocinco sounds like someone wants outta Cincy? Lol

And …

No. 2)
He has gone over board to publicly chastize the one guy who loves him i'm so hurt RT @leegoettl: @ochocinco aren't most coaches mean?

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Ochocinco, we must remember, is a child. A sometimes funny, sometimes maddening, but a child nonetheless (I’ve seen him catch a TD pass during practice and, in celebration, jump into the arms of a startled C. Trent Rosecrans (now of the Eye on Baseball blog ) and I’ve seen him in tears after a regular-season loss at Jacksonville).

And when coach Marvin Lewis slams him in the media – which he has done quite a few times since last season ended – Ochocinco’s feelings are legitimately hurt. The two have worked together since the Bengals hired Lewis in 2003, and they’ve been through many ups and downs together.

So, when Lewis makes fun of Ochocinco’s reality show or about his soccer career, Ochocinco doesn’t know what to make of it. So, he takes to Twitter and whines and talks about leaving the Bengals.

The reality is, Ochocinco is owed $6 million in 2011, and he probably won’t be back because his pain-in-the-ass attitude isn’t really worth it anymore. But it won’t be because Ochocinco is the one making the call. Instead, Lewis will be the one escorting him out of the building.

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Posted on: April 22, 2011 8:53 am
Edited on: April 22, 2011 8:55 am

So, Goodell can just call Ochocinco, I guess

Roger Goodell and C. Ochocinco had a phone call Thursday (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We all know that NFL team personnel (coaches, GMs, trainers, doctors) can’t contact NFL players during the lockout, right? We’re all clear on that, yes? If you ignore that rule, the NFL has the right to fire you. So, everybody understands they’re not supposed to do that, correct?

What does it mean, then, that commissioner Roger Goodell called Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco for a little chat Thursday? Isn’t that exactly what Goodell has been telling teams NOT to do?

Not sure of the explanation behind why this is kosher, but we do know that Ochocinco tweeted Thursday that Goodell surprised him with a phone call to ask how his workouts were going and that the two talked for an hour.
Tweeted Ochocinco: “#Truth I was nervous as hell when @nflcommish called me earlier, just the thought of him taking the time out to call is cool as fudge. … Its a lockout,let alone the offseason and the NFL commissioner called and we held an hour convo.Not sure how yall look at it but that's cool.”

But is it cool? I bet NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith doesn’t think so.

Pro Football Talk
asked NFL spokesman Greg Aiello about the conversation, and he said “normal social interaction” was permissible between teams and their players – this includes the commissioner.

Asked PFT: “Isn’t that a slippery slope?”

Responded Aiello: “Life is a slippery slope.”

Um, say what? How is that possible? How can teams – and more importantly, the people who are monitoring team phone calls that come into team headquarters – determine the line between “normal social interaction” and “getting a leg up on the season?”

Obviously, most conversations fall on one side of the line or the other.

But who’s to stop, for example, Eagles coach Andy Reid from calling QB Michael Vick to wish him luck in the upcoming vote for the Madden ’12 cover and, in the course of “normal social interaction,” ask him how his offseason workouts are going and how WR Jeremy Maclin is feeling after his bout with a mono-like sickness this offseason?

Potentially, this isn’t just a slippery slope. It’s potentially an avalanche.

If the NFL doesn’t want teams and players to be in contact during the lockout and as they battle each other in the courtroom and in the mediation room, perhaps the commissioner of the league shouldn’t be calling on the league’s biggest motormouth to say “What’s up?”

Failing that test, we should all be questioning Goodell’s judgment at this point.

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